Rainbow Gathering attendees convicted of crimes will face swifter sentences.
Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter said temporary visitors to the county will receive executed sentences instead of probationary sentences. Instead of being issued probation for a crime, they will receive jail time.
Carpenter said he is not interested in keeping transients in the area on probation and would prefer to have them serve their sentence and continue on.
Jayson Thompson, 30, Ohio was found guilty of third-degree theft after he attempted to steal beer from Chester’s Thriftway.
Carpenter described Thompson as “essentially a transient.”
Under normal circumstances, Thompson would have been issued a sentence with a period of probation. Instead, he received seven days in jail and a $100 fine.
Noah De Stefano, who was arrested after a stabbing at a Rainbow Gathering Spring Council meeting earlier this month, was convicted of fourth-degree assault Tuesday. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay about $4,000 in restitution, a $2,000 fine and $500 in attorney fees.
However, crime related to the Rainbow Gathering hasn’t been as high as Carpenter anticipated.
“There really hasn’t been as many as I thought there would have been,” Carpenter said. “People there seem to do a pretty good job of self-policing.”
Forest Service and local law enforcement officials have arrested a number of people related to the gathering who are making their way through the court system.